Dig­i­tal skills are talk of town

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

DIG­I­TAL skills are the fo­cus of the next ‘Weave Town Talk’ or­gan­ised to pro­mote the dig­i­tal and cre­ative sec­tor in the town.

As part of the Shift pro­gramme of dig­i­tal ac­tiv­ity, the Weave Town Talks pro­gramme brings high-pro­file sec­tor lead­ers to the re­gion, to stim­u­late de­bate and dis­cus­sion on the cre­ative and dig­i­tal sec­tor and raise the pro­file of these in­dus­tries in Cheshire East.

The third event, which takes place at Mac­cles­field Town Hall on Thurs­day, July 13, will show­case how the re­gion has pi­o­neered the growth of ex­per­tise in dig­i­tal skills.

The Skills Fund­ing Agency pre­dicts that within 20 years 90 per cent of all jobs will re­quire some el­e­ment of dig­i­tal skills to boost pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Re­search from Of­com, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions and broad­cast me­dia watch­dog, shows that all ages are spend­ing more hours on­line per week – rang­ing from 30 hours on­line for peo­ple aged 16-24 to 15 hours for over 65s.

How­ever, more than half of over-75s do not go on­line and have no plans to do so, re­flect­ing the need to en­sure all ages are catered for.

Ju­lian Cob­ley, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Skills and Growth Com­pany, an arms-length body cre­ated by Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “Cheshire East has a grow­ing cre­ative and dig­i­tal sec­tor, with 2,000 busi­nesses em­ploy­ing more than 7,500 peo­ple.

“The Weave Town Talks pro­gramme has been de­signed to en­able greater net­work­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion across the sec­tor and en­sure its fu­ture growth.”

The event runs from 6.30pm to 9pm. Fu­ture events will ex­plore the built en­vi­ron­ment, rais­ing cap­i­tal and boost­ing cre­ativ­ity.

To book free places at this talk, and forth­com­ing talks, visit www.weave.org. uk and click on the ‘Town Talks’ link.

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